On November 7, Aerotek employees, contractors, friends and family members came together to participate in the inaugural Aerotek in Action volunteer day. It was an opportunity for internal and contract employees to join together and give back to the people and communities in which we work and live.
One reason the event was such a resounding success was because of our partnership with Living Classrooms
. The Baltimore-based nonprofit inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training in urban, natural and maritime environments that serve as “living classrooms.”
Over 100 Aerotek employees, contractors and their friends and families from seven different offices chose from three different volunteer projects at three different sites throughout the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area:
- Living Classrooms’ East Harbor Campus: Home to the BUGS (Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students) program that provides after-school and summer programs for 2nd-5th grade students. Aerotek’s volunteers painted classrooms and performed site maintenance to ready the campus for visiting students.
- Patterson Park Youth Sports and Education Center: This Living Classrooms community hub provides after-school and summer programs for middle school students that focus on health, wellness and academics. Volunteers helped run a field day for students and also did some park cleanup and maintenance projects.
- Kingman Island: Teams helped clean-up the shoreline and perform trail maintenance at Kingman Island, an urban park space on the Anacostia River.*
By dedicating just a few hours of their time to a worthy cause, those who volunteered took it upon themselves to bring positive change to the world. Plus — they had fun and made friends and contacts while doing it!
“It was a great experience volunteering with corporate and field partners at Living Classrooms in Patterson Park,” says Aerotek Executive Director of Finance, Keith Mirabile. “I enjoyed learning about all of the great things they do at that facility for both youth and adults in the city — everything from after school classes, resume building, planting gardens to provide nutritional education, to a wide variety of sports activities.”
Mirabile’s enthusiasm was likewise reflected by Aerotek’s Director of Business Operations, Allison Mathis. “Volunteering here was a great way to not only spend time with coworkers outside of the office for a great cause, but we had a blast seeing the kids learn to play lacrosse with coworkers and really just enjoy their company. The kids also really loved drawing, coloring, planting flowers. Even though it rained, you could tell how much everyone enjoyed themselves. Events like this reinforce for us that we are dedicated to a higher purpose and involved in serving our community.”
*Due to inclement weather, the Kingman Island location was postponed.